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Poster: lastcall Date: May 9, 2006 8:10am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: grateful dead

chemistry. nothin works w/o IT.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: May 9, 2006 11:12am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: grateful dead

All that is true, chemistry, inspiration, drugs (inspiration at first, numbification later on)...
but could they have stopped even they wanted to?

With many employees and an extended family depending on the band staying on the road, I wonder.

I listened to an early 90's jazz show where Garcia jammed with different musicians, and on that occasion he sounded more inspired than he had in years as far as I know.

I think the Grateful Dead tours got to be a real drag for Jerry, but he couldn't not do it. And the fans, would they have let him retire gracefully?

On the other hand, a true blue performing artist with sawdust in their veins has no problem giving their life to the craft, willing to die on the stage rather than fade away.
Once you become a actor, or performing musician - there is no exit, no end, no final curtain... until you stop breathing.

If that's not an option, try another profession!


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Poster: caspersvapors Date: May 10, 2006 4:26am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: grateful dead

hey cream-puff do you got links to any of those jazz shows with Jerry in them, or know the names of the shows?

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: May 17, 2006 11:57am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: grateful dead

hey caspersvapors,

I finally reached my pal and asked which disc he was playing with me in his SUV that featured Jerry Garcia trading state-of-the-art, inspired licks with jazz musicians.

He thinks it might have been a late '70s Reconstruction gig... although at the time (circa mid '90s) it seemed to me I was hearing something fairly current.

But my pal said Jerry didn't do any jazz shows in the early '90s or late '80s...

Any clues or links beyond that, I'm at a loss.




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Poster: lastcall Date: May 9, 2006 12:39pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: grateful dead

You nailed it! "Better to burn out, than it is to rust"
Sorta like that

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Poster: abstrakct Date: May 9, 2006 3:42pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: grateful dead

"Better to burn out than to fade away" !
(at least that's what neil young said)

and i believe the above comments about Garcia are true. I'm no expert and i haven't read any jerry biographies yet, but i've heard he wanted to quit touring with GD in beginning of the 90s, but just couldn't get himself to shut down that big machinery, and make lots of people lose their jobs.

but listen to e.g. the Garcia/Grisman shows, e.g. may 1992 - man, there he is really inspired, has a lot of fun and manages to put all his emotion into it!

i recommend you check out this SBD compilation if you haven't already:
http://gdlive.com/jerryshn/gargris5-92.shnf/
it's a beauty.

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Poster: dave the wall Date: May 9, 2006 11:36pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Live Rust

Neil said both:
"Better to burn out than to fade away"
AND
"it's better to burn out than it is to rust"

Listen to Live Rust.

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